Who will be providing comms and punditry as part of the BBC's coverage of the 2023 Six Nations? Take a look
For viewers in the UK, when Wales and Scotland are playing their home matches, the Six Nations coverage will be televised on BBC whereas England, France, Ireland and Italy’s home matches will be shown on ITV. Which means this weekend Scotland v Ireland will be shown on BBC.
Wondering who the BBC’s Six Nations pundits are on your telly – like when Tommy Bowe was in the Scotland v Ireland coverage? This is the BBC’s line-up of pundits who will present, commentate and give their opinions on the action on the pitch. We’ve also said goodbye to some familiar faces.
Here’s a breakdown of who you are hearing and seeing in the rounds to come.
Who Are The BBC’s Six Nations Pundits?
Gabby Logan will lead live coverage across TV and BBC iPlayer during the Six Nations. You may remember that clip of Gabby Logan at Calcutta Cup match going viral last year.
Logan will be joined by former playing stars like Martin Johnson, Sam Warburton, John Barclay and Tommy Bowe. Andrew Cotter will lead on TV commentary throughout the tournament and will be joined by co-commentators Jonathan Davies and Chris Paterson.
For TV and BBC iPlayer, ex-referee Nigel Owens will provide an official’s perspective and Sonja McLaughlan and Lee McKenzie will be pitchside.
The returning Rugby Special will be hosted by Ugo Monye, with Sara Orchard and Alastair Eykyn’s commentary featuring in the programme and BBC highlights generally.
Former Scotland captain and pundit Andy Nicol left the BBC after the Scotland v Wales, ending 20 years of working for the BBC.
Nicol tweeted: “After 20 years with BBC Sport the Scotland v Wales game on Saturday will be my last on TV. It’s been a total privilege to work for the BBC on the Six Nations for so long. Thank you!”
Former Ireland centre, Brian O’Driscoll replied: “Always a great listen ?.”
Presenter Martin Bayfield commented: “Awesome on the mic and awesome in person. Loving your work Andy Nic. Go full Ron Burgundy at the weekend and go out in style.”
On BBC Sounds, BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Sports Extra, commentary is led by BBC’s Rugby Union Correspondent Chris Jones and Sara Orchard.
Pundits include World Cup winners Matt Dawson, Katy Daley-McLean and Paul Grayson, Sam Warburton, Tom Shanklin and Denis Hickie, as well as John Barclay. The BBC pundits will provide analysis, informed discussion and home nation expertise across TV and radio.
Details are yet to be released for the BBC’s Women’s Six Nations coverage.
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